Foam fest fallout: Lawsuit filed against organizer after event canceled

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A lawsuit has been filed against the organizer of Foam Fest 2014, after the event was canceled just days before it was scheduled to take place.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that the lawsuit is against Round Racing LLC.

DeWine said in a press release, “This business took advance payment from consumers and then abruptly canceled its event without providing refunds. We are seeking restitution for consumers and an injunction to stop further violations of Ohio’s consumer protection laws.”

People who wanted to take part in Foam Fest, an event involving foam machines and a mud obstacle course, paid about $90 each and were told some of the proceeds would benefit A Child’s Hope Foundation, according to the Ohio attorney general.

Just days after canceling the event, Foam Fest announced it was going out of business. At the time, it said, in part, “Dear 5k Foam Fest Friends, Our organization has spent years and an incredible amount of money perfecting this great event for the runners we admire so much. However, due to limited resources we are sad to announce that the 5k Foam Fest is cancelling all future events and will no longer be in business as of July 17th, 2014. After tireless efforts to find a way to help us finish out our season; we simply can’t continue to move forward. However, the 5K Foam Fest Canada is an entirely different organization and will continue to operate business as usual.”

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said it has received more than 60 complaints.

Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly are asked to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515.

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